Re: Dialects and orthographies in BCP 47

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Aug 04 2010 - 17:09:35 CDT

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    verdy_p <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

    > The formal model already exists in ISO 639, that has decided to unify all dialectal variants under the same language
    > code. Yes the concept is fuzzy, but as long as ISO 639 will not contain a formal model for how the various languages
    > are grouped in families and subfamilies, it will be impossible to use dialectal variant specifiers with accurate
    > fallbacks, without using subtags for the language variants.

    Sorry, you had previously written:

    > But for now there's still no formal model for encoding language dialects, so BCP 47 language tags still need to use
    > tags for ISO 3166-1 region codes and for the script variant,

    and I thought you were talking about the lack of a formal model in BCP
    47, not in ISO 639.

    In any case, this is now completely unrelated to Unicode, so I'll
    refrain from further postings.

    Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA |
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